Many people are waiting for a life-transforming transplant. Sadly, people die waiting for the gift of a heart, liver, kidney, lung or pancreas transplant. For many others, the wait means long weeks or months in hospital or several trips to hospital every week for treatment such as dialysis. For some,it means being attached to an oxygen tank 24 hours a day. One organ donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.
It might seem that your organ and tissue donation decision only concerns yourself. The people close to you – your next of kin – need to know your donation decision today. In the event of your death, they will be asked to confirm your donation wish. The most important thing that helps a family’s decision is knowing the wishes of their loved one. Families that have discussed and know each other’s donation decisions are much more likely to uphold those decisions. It is also important that you ask and know the donation wishes of your family members so that, should the situation arise, you can uphold their wishes.So, if you want to be a donor, your family needs to know. It is your legacy. Make sure that you discuss your wishes with your family.